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Cultural diplomacy

Contacts:

email: newyork.education@esteri.it
phone: (212) 439-8661

Director:

Daniele Castellani
email: daniele.castellani@esteri.it

General information:

Established in the school year 1994 – 1995, the Education Office of the Consulate General of Italy in New York is part of the network devoted to the development of cultural cooperation activities between Italy and USA. It operates in the US territory under the coordination of the Italian Embassy in Washington.

In the New York consular district the office is active in the promotion and dissemination of the study of Italian language and culture in the Tri-state area of: New York, Connecticut e New Jersey (except for the Counties of: Atlantic Burlinton, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Ocean and Salem, which refer to the Consulate General of Italy in Philadelphia.

ACTIVITIES

The Education Office is responsible for the coordination and supervision of Italian language and culture courses and all related initiatives. To do so, it supports schools interested in entering our language into their curriculum and public or private schools promoting a bilingual curriculum.

In addition to the activities mentioned above, the Education Office verifies also the applicants’ requirements to recognize or maintain the educational equality with the Italian National School System, like the Scuola d’Italia “Guglielmo Marconi” in New York.

It also coordinates the Italian language courses at UNIS (United Nation International School) supported by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

INSTITUTIONAL GOALS

  • to promote language and culture courses in partnership with local schools, and cultural/educational institutions and associations, parents’ and teachers’ associations and groups;
  • to establish contacts with the Departments of Education of the Tri-State Area , the school districts and the single schools, with a view to implementing Italian language programs;
  • to collaborate with professional associations of teachers of Italian, in order to support their efforts in improving the quality of the Italian programs, through teacher development seminars and symposia;
  • to organize workshops, seminaries and other teachers’ developments opportunities addressed to teachers and administrators in collaboration with local and/or Italian universities;
  • to participate in conferences on the teaching of Italian as a Second/Foreign World Language.